Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 22, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Thomas wins Tour of the Alps as Pinot scoops final stage; Ruffoni takes second successive stage win in Tour of Croatia; Thomas not taking anything for granted in terms of Giro d’Italia; Scarponi ‘curious and confident’ about Giro team leadership; Gaviria savouring Grand Tour debut in Giro; Wellens aiming high for Liège-Bastogne-Liège; La Course organisers announce second day of racing to mixed reactions; USA Cycling announces establishment of Steve Tilford Memorial fund to promote clean sport;  Photo gallery: A glimpse into cycling’s past at Paris-Roubaix’s retro market; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ashleigh Moolman Pasio; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 2: Mt. Diablo; The Little 500 preview

Thomas wins Tour of the Alps as Pinot scoops final stage

by VeloClub

Geraint Thomas had an important confidence boost prior to the upcoming Giro d’Italia when he won the Tour of the Alps on Friday. Thomas reached the line in Trento in the same time as the French stage winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), who outsprinted Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) for the win.

The decisive move occurred inside the final seven kilometres, with Pinot, Thomas and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) getting a gap after the latter attacked. Bookwalter, Michele Scarponi (Astana) and several others got back up to them afterwards, but Pinot, Bookwalter, Thomas and Pozzovivo pulled slightly clear in the final battle to the line.

After the stage times and bonuses were calculated, Thomas secured the overall win by seven seconds over Pinot. Pozzovivo, Scarponi and Mikel Landa were between 20 and 42 seconds back in third, fourth and fifth overall. Landa had done vital work to protect Thomas’ lead during the stage, hauling back an attack by Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) and generally keeping the Sky leader in contact with his rivals.

After the race Pinot expressed optimism in advance of the Giro. “I’m very happy with my week,” he said. “Now, I want to keep this form and even improve upon it.”

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Friday 21st April 2017

1. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
2. fr
PINOT Thibaut
3. it
AG2R La Mondiale